Update

Updated October 1 st 
Please note I have had to change my email address , which now is laurie.manser@gmail.com please use  this if you wish to contact me.
I do hope that some of the hints will be of use to you, I can only say what I do and why I do it
 as , there is not a right or wrong way of doing things in gardening .
I did write a small book about my life from a garden boy in the 40's and we sold it when I did my "Memory" talk, we donated 50p per book to the British Heart Foundation who received over £1000.00 as a result. I do not get it printed now but on the right is a link by which you can download it to read.
I have been asked to put my talk on to a disc for those who have been unable to hear it, I have done this and a few discs are available ,please email me for details.
At the bottom of this page if you click on "older posts" there are more hints

Garden Hints for October

It has been a strange  year, what with a lot of rain followed by some very hot days, It  makes you wonder how plants can grow, but most seem to have done quite well. It is worth noting good and bad crops ready to think about next season.
Vegetables
Many of our vegetable crops will have been harvested but do keep checking for runner beans and such as they can go on cropping until the first severe frost. Courgettes and ridge cucumbers should be cut and used whilst young.  Parsnips and leeks can be left in the ground until needed and if you are able to grow carrots those as well.
Aquadulce broad beans can be sown to stand the winter as can autumn onion sets and garlic, there are some varieties of peas for autumn sowing but not many people bother as they do tend to grow very tall.
White fly can be a real nuisance on brussel sprouts and winter brassicas. Some will say that spraying with soapy water helps as there are no insecticides to control them.
It is not too late to plant some spring cabbage but do not leave it much longer.
Fruit
If you have not already cut down the canes from your summer fruiting raspberries , you should get it done soon, as with blackberries etc. If you want more blackberries it is very easy to peg down the tip of some new growth which will soon root to form new plants that can be cut off and planted in the early spring.
Autumn raspberries may carry on fruiting for a while and you leave their canes until the spring.
Rooted strawberry runners should be planted in their places whilst the soil is still warm and they will then start to form new roots.
Flowers
Daffodil bulbs should have been planted last month but it is not too late. When you plant daffodils late they will still flower next year alright but can suffer the following year as they will be lacking roots to build the bulb up. Tulips can be planted right up to November with no real problems.
Tall growing roses can have some of the tallest growth cut back to avoid wind rock during the autumn winds. 
Lawns
If your lawn does need mowing and the weather is suitable there is reason not tomow it. When I was self employed a lady in Plaxtol wanted her lawn cut almost every month and I wasable to do it most months. 


Container grown plants




As most of you will know I lost my garden when we had to move from the tied house with our employer dieing and me coming to the age  of 80. Since then we have grow most things in containers apart from things I grow on my allottment. These picture are just to show some of the  container plants.

Sweet peas

Thse are my first bunch picked 25th May which is right as I usually pick chelsea week.
I went to my allotment this morning to check after hard frost. pleased to see sweet peas still looking good. They were sown on 8th October last year.




Potatoes ready for planting after at least ten weeks chitting, I will plant them on the flat so that I have plenty of soil for earthing up  and the potatoes grow through the centre of the ridge rater than come out of the side.

2018 Sweetpeas

I sowed my sweetpeas on October 8th as I have done for many years, I have good germination 48 seedlings out of 50 seeds. I think there might be one or two to come up yet. They are looking rather drawn as with no garden or greenhouse I am very limited as to where to put them. I must single them out within a few days.
10/25/2017
I have just singled the sweet peas into root trainers, there are 51 from 50 purchased seeds. They always allow one or two extras.

The second picture taken on Jan. 6th show sweet peas breaking with out being stopped , they are been outside ever since they were put into root trainers

My latest picture taken on March 28th shows plants now, planted hoping weather stays good.
waiting to be planted once the ground is suitable.

more onion news


More pictures to show the progress pf my onion sets. Top two taken 14th April




Onion sets just starting to  show, I plant well down in the soil so that no trouble with birds, having got rid of white rot I get a good crop.

Onion 2016

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I am putting these pictures onto my website to show the effect of using garlic powder for white rot. When I first took over this plot I suffered a complete loss of my onion crop due to white rot, I have treated this area with garlic powder and this year they really do look good. I just need some sun to help ripen them up.

Sweet peas

It has been a bad year for me with sweet peas, I decided to try saving my own seed last year and this has been very reasonable but when I planted the plants back in March ,  the very next day we had storm Katie. This almost blew them out of the ground but enough survived to amke  best part of a row. As they came into flower I had bud drop plus a spell in hospital, this meant I had to let the plants go for about a week meaning bent stems. However when show day came I managed one vase of ten, these were good enough to bet  best in show so I still hold the cup which I forst won 42 years ago. I have not had it every year but will keep trying.

Some of my seedling daffodils

These are 3 of my seedlings that I have registered and named over the years. I have had prizes at London shows with them including "Best" in section with Ann's Blush. We also have Molly Ann named after our grand daugther
Top bloom Ann's White , bottom left Ann's Cream.and bottom right Ann.s Blush

Broad Beans 2016


Thess last two photos were taken on May 8th, the row is not complete as I lost a few in the bad storm but should get a good crop before the blackfly start
In past years I have sown my Aquadulce broad beans direct in the round in Oct/Nov but this year as the ground was very wet and in the past I have lost some to the mice etc. I have tried starting them in a tray. I have no greenhouse now so they have been in a cold frame. They are now ready for planting out and look quite good.

broad beans 2014/15

Broad Beans now in flower , they came through the winter very well.
Some of my Aqaudulce broadbeans , I sow in late October as they are a good hardy variety to stand the winter.  Sometimes they get damaged with servere frost but even then they will break at soil level.

Had some sucess at our show  Saturday April 11th. Many varieties were not out but using those that were I won 4 trophies along with 10 first prizes. I am very pleased as they are all grown on my allottment now having lost our agrden when we moved from the tied house. The pink trumpet is called Pink Silk.